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Picture Styles Explained! - Reborn Flat

I've recently been taking drastic measures to increase the production value of my videos. I've always ask myself how does filmmakerA get the footage to look so different? How can I create my own look?
The answer to those questions is through color grading (Color correction), It takes your bland emotionless footage and gives it some mood.

Quick sample I just threw together


Sample Color Grading from Joshen Reborn on Vimeo.


Think of your video as a canvas. It's much easier to create stunning works of art when you start on a clean canvas, rather than a canvas where there is already dashes of color and you have to "work with what you got" which is where the Flat profiles come in.

DSLR's come preloaded with picture styles (Standard, portrait, landscape, neutral etc.). The styles tend to have high contrast, and color saturation so while the captured image is stunning, details of the image are lost in the highlights and the lows. The flat presets allows you to shoot as neutral as possible providing a "blank canvas" so you as the artist can determine appropriate color saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc. Flat profiles are as close as we can come to shooting RAW video with a DSLR.

I searched through forums, and blogs, and found different Flat Picture Styles. It seems on the Internet that the general consensus is that Eugenia's Extra Flat is the Flattest it gets for the Canon series of cameras.(Picture styles are created with the Picture style editor that came on the EOS Utilities disk) I tried my hand at creating my own Flat and then compared it to Eugenia's.

The subject is my little sister ^_^











Eugenia's Extra Flat Shot with T2i 50mm f1.8II                                                                                                                                                                        
                                            












Reborn Flat Shot with T2i 50mm f1.8II


I immediately noticed that her flat, on my T2i camera at least, gave her skin tone a greenish tint. (Maybe my camera has a green color bias) While my flat profile, handled ebony skin tones smashingly.

So as it stands I have Reborn Flat, Extra Flat, and a Third high contrast preset in my camera (for those times when I want a deep contrast image) I am providing links to my Reborn Flat, Extra Flat, as well as to a tutorial of how to upload picture styles.

(Side note the Canon picture style editor is a clunky, annoying, utility to work with but if you want to create your own style it's the only way to go)

Cheers and Flat Teddy Bears!

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